It’s important that people with asthma or other respiratory conditions be prepared when dust storms are forecast in their area. High levels of dust can irritate the lungs and cause an asthma flare up. The stress from a severe weather event can also cause high emotions such as anxiety which can also trigger asthma symptoms.
People with asthma are advised to take the following precautions to minimise the effects of dust storms on their health:
If asthma symptoms occur, don’t delay:
Anyone with concerns about their asthma should seek medical advice from their health practitioner, and anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness or difficulty breathing should seek urgent medical assistance.
If asthma symptoms occur, do not delay:
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Increased presentations for asthma should be expected during dust storms or periods of high dust levels.
General practices and pharmacies around these areas should ensure they have good supplies of reliever medications and spacers, particularly for emergency use.
It is important to note that information contained in this brochure is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.